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good evening. as we head into the last weeke before thanksgiving, the holiday travel season is officially upon us now. that means millions of americans treling by air and a whole lot of them will encounter the new much more aggressive airport security methods for the first time. anncreasing number of americans are pushing back against attempts to pat them down or scan their bodies right through their clothes. some airports have found alternatives to the tsa. an increasing number of people are wondering if there isn't a better way and are saying they shouldn't have to go through it. that includes some airline pilots who argue they're in a different category. we want to begin tonight with our own pete williams at reagan national airport tonight. pete, good evening. >> reporter: that argument by pilots has prevailed because the rules are changing for them starting early next year. they will no longer be required
to go through the full body scanners or the new more intrusive patdowns. they'll still have to go through the metal detectors, but these are the first changes in enhanced security, and tsa says more may be ming. the new rules were just what pilots like ann po of south florida were hoping for. she abruptly stopped flying for continental two weeks ago and sued tsa over the full body scanners and physical searches. >> it's just not right. i don't believe under any condition to be sexually molesting people and that's what i considerhe aggressive patdown they're doing. >> reporter: though 80% of respondents say they do not object to the full body scanners, the internet is buzzing with cal for boycotts, some even set to music. ♪ >> reporter: they're fodder, too, for late night talk. >> we have president bush on the program tonight, severybody gets patted down. >> even you? this is your show.
>> makes no sense at all. >> tell me about it. go easy, grope master. >> reporter: a long-time republican ctic of the tsa, congressman john micah of florida, is urging airports to switch to private, nongovernment screeners. one florida airport plans to make that change in january. even so, private screeners will still beequired to follow tsa protocols. the tsa administrator says while the new procedures are intrusive, they're necessary to close gaps in air securi that the government's own tests showed were letting too much slip through. >> these covert testers, undercover agents if you will, were able to get through our security for several reasons, but one of the common denominators was the lack of a thoroughatdown. >> reporter: more lawsuits are coming from passengers who claim the new rules are unconstitutional, violating the fourth amendment's pan ban on unreasonable searches.
>> before you do these kinds of things to american citizens, in the past, there must be some reasonable suspicion that they're volved in some kind of criminal activity. >> reporter: courts have generally approved airport security methods, finding they're justified by the need to maintain secury. and some legal scholars believe the new regime is likelyo be upheld, too. >> that doesn't mean the judges give a blank check to the government, they certainly don't do that. but it means they' cautious about stepping in and overturning a regulation that the executive branch thinks is necessary. >> reporter: for now, tsa is considering changes to the full body scanners that would show only an outline of a passenger's body, flagging hidden objects. >> iis a general ige, and the only display shown are the boxes which indicate potential threats found on the body. >> reporter: tonight, tsa says now that it's planning to exempt pilots from the enhanced screening, it's starting to talk about whether it should do the same thing for flight attendants. >> pete williams at one of the airports about to become a very
busy place. pete, thanks. we now know more about an air scare we reported on last night after a suspicious package turned up at the airport in africa. apparently bound for munich. germany was on alert for a possible terror attack. we now know the suspicious device was not a bomb. in fact, it appears to have been designed to be discovered. our own sthanie gosk has been covering this story for us. she's with us from our london bureau tonight. stephanie, good evening. >> good evening, brian. security officials confirmed today that what they thought was a bomb was actually a fake. and that it was made in the u.s. this photo obtained by german television othe alleged device shows wires, batteriesnd a clock. it has an attached note that reads nonhazardous and gives a name and contact number for california based company. nbc news reached out to the owner who told us his firm is tiny and he made this model four or five yearago with some help from his grandmother. the fake bombs are used by the
tsa, he said, for training purposes. soon after the device was found, the fbi visited his office asking him questio. no one, not the police, the germans or the fbi can figure out how the device got to africa. but the confirmation this was a fake does little to lessen terrorism concerns in germany. one official says the danger is a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. brian? >> stephanie gosk in our london bureau tonight. stephanie, thanks. president obama is on a whirlwind trip on the a nato summit that's short on time but packed with serious issues. it's all happening in portugal's capital lisbon and our chief white house correspondent chucked to is there tonight traveling with the president. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the president faces two big foreign policy challenges on this short trip to europe. one, work with nato to come up with some sort of exit strategy out of afghanistan. and two, reassure those same
nato alleys that he has political capital at home to get a nuclear arms treaty with russia ratified. after a ceremonial welcome in lisbon, president obama set out his chief goal for this summit. nato agreement on an eventual exit strategy from afghanistan. >> i look forward to working with our nato partners as we move toward a new phase, a transition to afghan responsibility that bens in 2011, with afghan forcesaking lead for security across afghanistan by 2014. >> reporter: experts say there's no guaranty afghan forces will be ready by th. >> make no doubt about it, this has nothing to dwith the reality with the on the ground military situation in afghanistan. >> reporter: transition, not withdrawal is the key word now. both the president and vice president e using it repeatedly. >> so this summit is a perfect opportunity to align an approach to transition in afghanistan. >> we are going to begin to transition. we're keeping that -- that commitment will be kept.
>> reporter: also resonating among leaders here, the president's battle to persuade the senate to ratify new start, the latest arms reduction treaty with russia. >> the message i've received since i arrived here at nato could not be clearer. new start will strengthen our alliance and it will strengthen european security. >>eporter: key republican john kyle is blocking senate ratificationdrawing fire from the president's loan must be ally on the issue. >> i'm not ascribing motivations to anybody. at this point, i'm simply trying in as civil a manner as possible to say, please do your duty for your country. >> reporter: and biden says u.s. relations with russia hang in the balance. >> the reason why the -- we're ving such success in real sanctions against iran is because russia is cooperating. medvedev stuck himself out on line on this. >> reporter: the stakes couldn't be higher for the president. who is already being battered
domestically. >> it would makehe president look weak internationally if he's declad this to be his top priority, if it's a simple, straightforward agreement, which it is, and he still can't get it through the senate. >> reporter: back to john kyle, who is the repubcan holding this up, brian. there is some very close allies of the white house that would like the president to get tougher with kyle. this is a moment they think he uld personalize this and declare a potical war on this. but there are others in the white house who think that's risky strategy, because it could unite republicans. there's an outside group tonight that's got a new tv ad up in arizona using the daisy mushroom cloud to hit kyle on ts. >> chuck todd traveling with the president in portugal tonight. chuck, thanks. you heard what chuck just reported about, afghanistan. at the same time the u.s. is escalating its on the ground war tactics in afghanistan by bringing in some big ticket hardware associated with more conventional ground war. tonight, lester holt is in
afghanistan for this weekend's broadcast. he's at bagram airfield tonight. lester, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. the marines are bringing in 16 m1a1 battle tanks. into helmand province. they should be here in about three months. the marines say this gives the commanders on the ground more flexibility to strike hard and fast and not wait for attack aircraft. meantime, i just returned from helmand province earlier today where i had a chance to visit with the geral in charge of operations there, major general richard mills. he took me by helicopter to the town of marjah. marjah earlier this year was the scene of a major marine offensive. they took the town back from the taliban. we were able to walk around the central parts of marjah safely. the edges of the town still having problems, still ied attacks. still maris coming under fire. but they claim success in the center of the town.
and to underscore the arrival soon of those big tanks, major general mills told me there would be no letup in the winter fighting. in his words, the taliban will get no rest. >> lester holt in afghanistan. we'll look for your reporting all weekend. our interview with prince charles airing tonight on nbc is mang big headlin tonight in the uk. all because of a single question we ask him, which apparently had not been asked directly before, will camilla, his wife, ever become queen? so back to our london bureau we go. nbc's jim maceda. jim, this has apparently set off a big reaction tonight. >> reporter: ian, all the focus here in london was supposed to be on the dated venue for the wedding of kate and william. but instead the buzz is about prince charles and his second wife, camilla. it all started with an honest queson.
>> will she beme queen of englan >> reporter: clearly catching the prince off guard. >> that could be. >> reporter: those three words "that could be" set off a mea firestorm. leading the news on britain's main tv channels. like the bbc. >> camilla could been queen. >> reporter: and reigniting a 5-year-old controversy. will camilla ever be queen? at the time charles married camilla, britons expressed little supportor making camilla the queen, if and when charles inherited the throne. many here saw her as a factor in the breakuof his marriage to princess diana. so instead, camilla could be given the title princess consort, not queen, and the matter was laid to rest. until the question was asked in an unscripted interview and the controversy has blown up again. >> charles admits for the first time that camilla could be queen. >> reporter: and as charles paid
a visit to flood victims in cornwall and camilla was seen lighting a christmas tree, already banner headlines in some of tomorrow's brish papers are not about the wedding of prince william and his fiance, te, but about camilla and questions that have divided the nation. just the kind of headline the house of windsor doesn't need. tonight, clarence house is saying there has been no change that camilla is and will remain princess consort. but there's no question this will overshadow preparations for the wedding of a prince and his indisputable queen to be. brian? >> more from that interview later on, on our broadcast. thanks, jim maceda in our london bureau. when we hear from the prince later, as we continue on a friday night, we'll hear how he's using his high profile and making a difference for the planet, which he cares about deeply. but first, the awful, real-life hollywood murder mystery that has the film business reeling heading into the weekend. the film
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ask about toviaz today. finally tonight,ere covering two things. we've been covering our planet here all this week, and on fridays, we look at those trying to make a difference. so that brings us back to that interview with prince charles. a one-hour special airs here on nbc tonight, followed by his own docuntary on the environment, which is and has been his passion. and at his getaway home in scotland, and yes, his home is a castle, he spoke to us with great passion on that topic. >> we've ceased to understand, i thinany way, the need, not only do we take from nature and what she gives us, but we need
to give something back. >> he wants nothing le than for people, each one of us, to rethink our place in the natural world. and to re-evaluate literally what nature does for us. >> we don't ev, for instance, value properly the vastly important services nature proves us with. >> like? >> like the rainforest, for instance, which provide billions of tons of water vapor every day, which provides rainfall, which we all depend on. they act as a gigantic carbon capture and storag carbon sink. trillions and trillions of dollars worth of services comptely ignored. >> he calls it natural capital, placing a doll value on nature's services and factoring those dollars into our decision making. >> if we construct a cuing, innovative market mechanism which can reward the protection
enhancement of ecosystems, whether on sea or land, which produces t income from natural pital, then we might get somewhere in the future for our grandchildren. >> in case you missed it, prince charles wants nothing less than to remake the world's economy. >> everybody is terrified. they seem to think that suggesting that there's another way of looking at economics is somehow some kind of monstrous threat to capitalism itself. but if capalism itself doesn't take into account natural capital, we're all stuffed. i mind about your children and grandchildren, and i think we are failing miserably in our duty if we don'take these matters very seriously indeed. because by god, their lives are going to be in misery. >> and a reminder, you can see my full interview with prince charles in a "dateline" special
"the man who will be king," that is tonight, 9:00, 8:00 central time. that broadcast will be followed by "harmony," the prince's own documentary on the environment. for us, for now, that's our broadcast for this friday night and for this week. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. a reminder, lester holt will be with you this weekend reporting from afghanistan. we hope to see you right bk here on monday. in the meantime, have a good weekend. good nig.